Everton latest: £7m World Cup striker eyed as Lukaku replacement

Roberto Martinez

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Everton's plans for the new season are well underway, and with a small squad, Martinez will be hoping for good news on the injury front throughout the campaign - especially with a Europa League campaign on the horizon. Three players are currently stepping up their recoveries ahead of the new season, and manager Roberto Martinez gave an update on the status of each one today.

"The three players are at different stages of fitness. Darron Gibson I consider to be fully fit. He has worked really well over the summer. We are really happy with his progress. Arouna Kone needs a bit more one to one work over the next two weeks and then he will be able to join the group. Bryan Oviedo has done really well, but don't expect him to be fully fit until the end of September."

The Toffees will be hoping that Costa Rican Oviedo will return to full fitness soon having impressed under Martinez before his horrific injury against Stevenage in January. He missed out on his country's stunning World Cup journey, but the former FC Copenhagen man says he's looking forward to getting back into action.

"I want to come back strong and better than last season," Oviedo told the club's official website. "I am very happy. I am prepared to come back as quickly as possible and as strong as possible, this is my dream. I prefer to play left-back," he added. "I have more to attack [from there] and I think it is my natural position, but I can play left or right midfield [as well]."

On the transfer front, Everton need to sign a new striker this summer after Romelu Lukaku's loan spell from Chelsea finished at the end of the season. The top target now appears to be Sevilla striker Carlos Bacca, who was recently at the World Cup with Colombia. The 27-year-old hit 18 goals last season, but after Unai Emery's men snapped up Iago Aspas from Liverpool, Everton's hopes of landing Bacca in a £7m deal have increased.

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